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Posts By Hank Birdsong

June 27, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (8) – An Overview of Summer Camp Accreditation

This is the seventh article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. Accreditation Helps Confirm Credibility of a Summer Camp When looking for a camp it’s important to know how the program is evaluated and improved over time. Many camps are members of organizations that provide standards for the industry and educational opportunities... Read More

June 18, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (7) – The Staff Makes the Camp

This is the seventh article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. Why a Great Camp Staff Is Important When choosing your family’s summer camp, consider the camp’s staff.  Most administrators will tell you that having the best facility and equipment is meaningless without an outstanding staff. Good counselors can inspire campers to... Read More

June 12, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (6) – Camp size matters

This is the sixth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider its Size The “size” of a summer camp can mean the size of the facility or how many campers it can accommodate. Enjoy the Outdoors Many of the established traditional camps are lucky enough to... Read More

June 4, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (5) – Consider the Camp

This is the fifth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Location Part of a quality summer experience is the opportunity for kids to feel a bit of independence from home. If the location is too close to home, part of the adventure may be... Read More

May 30, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (4) – Consider the Cost of Summer Camp

This is the fourth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Camp’s Cost When I first attended Scout camp in 1968, the cost was less than $20 per week. I had a great experience and went back year after year. Once I became a staff... Read More

May 21, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (3) – Consider the Camp Program

This is the third article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing, Consider the Camp’s Program What sort of experience are you looking for? There are high adventure camps, traditional ones with a wide range of activities, dance camps, skateboarding, football, computer, and the list goes on. The length of the... Read More

May 17, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (2) – Consider the Camp Philosophy

This is the second article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America. When Choosing a Summer Camp, Consider the Camp’s Philosophy. Every summer camp has a philosophy, and each is different from other camps. Some summer camps are strictly for fun and entertainment and others have a definite educational goal. Some camps use... Read More

March 10, 2017

The Best Summer Camp in America (1) – Choosing the right summer camp is a family decision

I was listening to a syndicated radio show as the host said how awful it is to send your kids away to summer camp. I agree. “Sending kids to camp” against their wishes is not the right way to begin a positive and enriching camp experience. When you choose a summer camp, include your child in the decision. Picking... Read More

November 27, 2015

The Advantages of Overnight Camp

Day camps can be fabulous, but there is something to be said for the childhood bond formed as two kids giggle into the wee hours from neighboring bunk beds, or work together to remove a troll-sized spider from the bathroom stall. A unique connection grows among overnight campers as the cicadas start to sing and the day campers head... Read More

November 11, 2015

How Adventure Camps Open the Doors of Personal Development for Your Child

Adventure camps offer activities that combine education with fun. Structured activities in a safe and supportive environment create a well-balanced and entertaining program. Outdoor Adventure Camps Are Available for Boys and Girls Long ago, they were often boys-only territory. That was then. Nowadays, many girls attend these kinds of camps too. Girls have the opportunity to be more active... Read More